Speedy was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd – and one of his very best. From its joyous visit to Coney Island to its incredible Babe Ruth cameo to its hair-raising climactic stunts, Speedy is an out-of-control love letter to New York that will have you grinning from ear to ear.
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Tedious little movie, of interest only for the location views of NYC. There's not a lot here, just some gags strung together, showing Harold Lloyd playing an unemployable baseball fanatic, losing a succession of jobs largely through his own stupidity, and then suddenly deciding to rise to the occasion to rescue his father's failing business. Forgettable, like much of Lloyd's work.
Le scénario manque un peu de consistance et les nombreuses digressions comiques donnent quelquefois l'impression de remplissage. Restent tout de même quelques gags évidents voire géniaux comme ceux : "des taches et de l'ombrelle" "du miroir grossissant" "du homard pinceur" "du taxi" et "du mannequin policier"...
Harold Lloyd is a comedy genius. Here, he is the perfect fit for this down on his luck character who goes trough multiple comedic scenarios. The score really elevates the vibe of this so damn lovable film. 3.5 stars.
Episodic in nature, this entertaining last silent film for Lloyd is a delight: From the Coney Island trip, to the elderly men vs. gangsters brawl, to the climactic chase this is full of great scenes. Also interesting is seeing 20's NYC in the background. And while the story is a bit contrived, its nostalgia for a simpler & quieter city fits with Lloyd's last film before the talkies.
More sweet than truly funny. Watching it, I'm struck by the gentleness and lack of darkness of Lloyd's world in comparison to those inhabited by Keaton and Chaplin. Despite its race against the clock climax, nothing much really feels at stake. Stil,l some of the indivdual sequences - a trip to Coney Island, in particular- rank amongst the greatest in all of silent comedy.